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Sibilance \Sib"i*lance\, Sibilancy \Sib"i*lan*cy\, n. The quality or state of being sibilant; sibilation.

Milton would not have avoided them for their sibilancy, he who wrote . . . verses that hiss like Medusa's head in wrath.


n. the state or property of being sibilant

Usage examples of "sibilancy".

From the device came a vicious whirring, much the same vibrant sibilancy as that of a rattlesnake about to strike.

The unheard metallic voice which yet gave the strong suggestion of sibilancy now sounded casual, almost friendly.